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January 7th Playbook

State Rep. Russ Diamond announces that he’s seeking the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor. Here is the Playbook. 


‘Redistricting chair Nordenberg defends proposed state House map against GOP attacks’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the chair of Pennsylvania’s legislative redistricting commission has forcefully pushed back against Republican claims that he’s biased against them.”

‘Democrats in Northeast Philly face off for a special election, with more to come’: Philly Clout reports that “a state senator resigns to become a judge. A city councilmember is expected to resign after a conviction. Elected officials are vying for those seats. Northeast Philly Democrats brace for change.”

‘The Jan. 6 Capitol riot: A complete guide to what we know about Pennsylvania’s role’: Spotlight PA reports on “what you need to know about Pennsylvania’s role in the Jan. 6 insurrection and what comes next.”

‘Diamond Eyes a Run for Lt. Governor’: WLBR/WFVY Radio reports that “102nd District State Representative Russ Diamond has announced plans to seek the Republican Party nomination for Lt. Governor this year.”

‘A year after Jan. 6, Pa. Democrats say there is work to do to protect voting rights’: WHYY reports that “hours after President Joe Biden spoke on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, challenging the nation to reject political violence and rededicate itself to the defense of democracy, Democratic leaders in Pennsylvania held their own speeches to “Defend Democracy” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.”

‘Failing to approve a congressional map could carry unwanted consequence for Pa., lawmaker says’: PennLive reports that “imagine if Pennsylvania dispensed with electing members of Congress in congressional districts this year and instead chose them through a statewide election. The chairman of the House State Government Committee on Thursday said that is not a farfetched idea if the state fails to adopt a congressional redistricting map.”

‘Joanna McClinton introduces sweeping election reform bill’: City & State PA reports that “the top-ranking Democrat in the state House is introducing a sweeping proposal to overhaul the state’s election laws one year after a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.”

‘Sen. Bob Casey recalls ‘horrific’ day for U.S., urges passage of voting standards bill’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “Casey recalled the “horror” of Jan. 6, 2021 in an interview with LNP | LancasterOnline on Wednesday. He said it was important to reflect on the anniversary and to take action to protect voting rights for the future.”

‘Pennsylvania redistricting: Proposals that split Allentown hurt minority election chances instead of helping them, critics say’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “proposed changes in the way Allentown and its largely minority population would be divided into state House and Senate districts came under fire at a hearing Thursday, with two Latino testifiers saying the proposals would hurt — rather than help — election chances of minority candidates.”

‘Newsmaker: U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly reflects on U.S. Capitol attack’: WJET reports that Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) “joined JET 24 Action News on Thursday to discuss the memories of that chaotic day.”

‘Congressman Mike Doyle Recalls Horror Of Jan. 6 But Worries Lessons Haven’t Been Learned’: KDKA reports that “most local members of Congress were deeply affected by the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. A year later, one local member worries some Americans have still not learned the lesson.”

‘Pennsylvania voters, candidates and policy are still influenced by what happened on Jan. 6’: WESA reports that “the forces that inspired an attack on the U.S. Capitol a year ago Thursday are still influencing some voters and policy goals at the Pennsylvania Capitol – and are starting to make their mark on the upcoming primary.”

‘Rep. Scanlon blames ‘agents of chaos’ on 1-year anniversary of Capitol insurrection’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Scanlon said it’s important to remember this anniversary because the “big lie that the election was stolen” is still being circulated.”

‘‘A clear and present danger.’ Pa., N.J. Democrats say threats remain a year after the Jan. 6 insurrection’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the insurrection, which centered in large part on Pennsylvania and its 2020 votes, prompted Democratic remembrances and calls for voting rights reforms.”

‘A year after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, election review and reform efforts continue in Pa.’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the nationwide shock of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack, which ultimately left nine people dead, has not faded. And in Pennsylvania, neither have efforts to review past elections and potentially reform the state’s election law.”

‘DEP outlines a path for Pa. to hit ‘100 percent’ of Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goal’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “state environmental officials Wednesday outlined a revised plan to meet “100 percent” of their pollution reduction goals for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by a federally mandated deadline in 2025, albeit with a few conditions.”

City & State PA’s Biggest Winners & Losers This Week: City & State PA highlights the three winners and losers in Pennsylvania politics last week.

‘On anniversary of Jan 6, PA Dems call for voting rights expansion’: City & State PA reports that  “one year after a riot at the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania Democrats stood united Thursday in their call for an expansion of voting rights in Pennsylvania and across the nation, with state and federal officials framing the passage of voting legislation as a key step to protecting democracy.”

“Elected officials question why they were not included in early talks about Afghanistan immigrants possibly coming to area’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “local members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly said they were not informed about Vision Together 2025’s discussion to possibly bring Afghanistan War refugees to Johnstown and Cambria County.”

‘Vision Together 2025 explores logistics of bringing ‘skilled’ Afghanistan war refugees to region to boost population, economy’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “Vision Together 2025 leaders have been discussing the possibility of bringing in Afghanistan War refugees as a way to slow the decades-long population declines in Cambria County and Johnstown.”

‘Mullery bill would expand PPE, sanitization protocols for K-12 schools’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “state Rep. Gerald Mullery Thursday said teachers and faculty are stepping up to the front line as essential workers during the pandemic, and they need every piece of equipment and all the tools in place to keep them and students safe.”

‘Pa. Farm Show unveils the 2022 butter sculpture: Take a look’: PennLive reports that “the 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show has unveiled its latest butter sculpture.”

‘Berks County election officials put printer of mail ballots on notice’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Berks County election officials aren’t happy with the company contracted to print the county’s mail ballots, and they’re prepared to give them the ax if things don’t improve.”

‘Luzerne County Ethics Commission recommends $100 fine for councilman’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Luzerne County’s Ethics Commission has recommended censure and a $100 fine against county Councilman Stephen J. Urban for his February 2021 decision to accept a chairmanship seat on the county election board, according to an emailed decision recently sent to council members.”

‘PHA owns thousands of other rowhomes like the one that burned in Fairmount’: Billy Penn reports that “the housing authority has a huge portfolio of so-called “scatter sites,” which were long neglected.”

‘Philadelphians gather in vigil on anniversary of insurrection to push for expanded voting rights’: WHYY reports that “at a vigil in Center City commemorating one year since rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in hopes of overturning the 2020 election results, demonstrators traced the insurrection to other dark moments in U.S. history.”

‘Philadelphia ends emergency rental assistance program due to lack of funds’: PhillyVoice reports that “Philadelphia is ending their emergency rental and utility assistance program due to a limited amount of remaining funding, the city said in a statement released on Thursday.”

‘Philadelphia lobbying firm adds Holly Kinser, opens Pittsburgh office’: The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that “Philadelphia-based lobbying firm Bellevue Strategies has added the lead lobbyist for former Philadelphia Mayors Ed Rendell and Michael Nutter and expanded into the Pittsburgh market with an additional hire.” 

‘Acting state Health Secretary visits Delco amid COVID surge’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “Acting Pennsylvania Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter visited a newly opened COVID testing site at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Thursday in the wake of a spike of COVID in Delaware County, placing it at the top of cases in Pennsylvania.”

‘Elected Official Resigns After Sharing Anti-Jewish Views, Conspiracy Content’: Levittown Now reports that “an elected Middletown Township official resigned days after she took office when she was outed for sharing anti-Semitic content, posts supporting a violent conspiracy theory, and denying the results of the 2020 election.”

‘Montgomery County Commissioners react to Jan. 6 anniversary’: Montgomery Media reports that “a moment of silence. It was what Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairwoman Val Arkoosh called for at the conclusion of her remarks during Thursday’s board meeting. The day marked the one-year anniversary of the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.

‘Montgomery County poll workers still waiting on Election Day compensation’: Montgomery Media reports that “a number of Montgomery County poll workers have not been compensated for working the 2021 general election in November.”

‘Peduto staffers found work in federal government, the private sectors — and city government itself’: WESA reports that “as a new administration takes the reins of city government, many staffers who have served Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto have moved on to new jobs of their own.”

‘Mayor Ed Gainey: ‘Heartbeat of our country’s democracy was attacked’ on Jan. 6’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “in his first statement released under the official letterhead of the office of Pittsburgh mayor, Ed Gainey marked the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by reflecting that the “heartbeat of our country’s democracy was attacked.””

‘Allegheny County Jail violating solitary confinement ban, oversight board says’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “despite the recent passage of a referendum banning solitary confinement at the Allegheny County Jail, members of the Jail Oversight Board said Thursday the jail has been noncompliant.”

‘New Mayor Ed Gainey shares his goals and vision for Pittsburgh as he takes office’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “Gainey conducted an exclusive interview with the Pittsburgh Business Times over Zoom in late December to discuss his priorities as he takes office.”

‘Pittsburgh City Council reintroduces legislation on single-use plastic bags’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “legislation calling for a ban on most single-use plastic bags was reintroduced to Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday.”

‘WATCH VIDEO | Roadmap for the future: Langerholc introduces bill to support testing, use of automated vehicles’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “a course-changing “roadmap” to enable automated vehicle testing and deployment across Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming law, according to state Sen Wayne Langerholc Jr.”

‘NEPA legislators offer additional assistance for Scranton School District’s move to payroll tax’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “local legislators say they would seek an exception from the state to allow the Scranton School District to reopen this year’s budget and switch to the payroll tax.”

‘Reading vigil on Capitol riot anniversary calls for voters’ rights protection’: The Reading Eagle reports that “more than 60 people braved the bitter cold Thursday night for a vigil marking the anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and a rally for voting rights measures.”

‘Former Northampton County district judge, wife of Martin Guitar chairman, has died’: The Express-Times reports that “Diane Martin, vice chairwoman of C.F. Martin & Co.’s board of directors and the wife of the guitar maker’s executive chairman, as well as a former Northampton County district judge, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.”

‘Bucks County lawmaker issues statement on first anniversary of U.S. Capitol riot’: The Bucks Local News reports that “Bucks County State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) issued a statement on the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.”

‘Centre County Administrator Margaret Gray announces upcoming retirement’: The Centre County Daily Times reports that “Centre County’s administrator plans to retire in the spring, the Centre County Commissioners announced during their meeting on Thursday.”

‘As Temple grew in popularity, its share of Black students shrank. One school official says it ‘dropped the ball.’’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Temple, Philadelphia’s ‘diversity university,’ has seen a plummeting share of Black students over the last 25 years, even as it rapidly expanded enrollment.”

‘The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers’: City & State PA reports on the numbers that “were last updated on Jan. 6.”

Chrissy Houlahan: What we need to do to keep the birthplace of our democracy from becoming its graveyard
Jason Crow and Susan Wild: We survived Jan. 6 locked in the House chamber. Will our democracy survive, too?
Lisa Boscola: How new state redistricting maps would hurt Bethlehem and Northampton County
John Baer: Scott Perry, the governor’s race and other big questions facing Pa. politics in the next 6 months
Michael Jones-Correa: Ensuring Pennsylvania’s Latino voters have a say 
J.J. Abbott: Pa. voters decided. But Republicans continue to mislead on the 2020 election 
Michael Lamb: Annexing Wilkinsburg to Pittsburgh is the right move
Ryan Spak and Jamie Gauthier: Philly needs more affordable housing. Is a new bill a solution? | Pro/Con
Larry Platt: Honey, Council Shrunk The Mayor  
Katherine Rapin: The End of 13th Street Streateries? 
Salewa Ogunmefun: Thirty Years of racial inequity vs. Pennsylvania’s only growing populations 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Fairmount fire must be Philly’s wake-up call for safe, affordable housing 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: All of those responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection must be held accountable
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Epiphany and apocalypse on Jan. 6 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: West Deer stands up to gas interests
John L. Micek: Pa. Rep. Boyle: I’m worried most ‘by the Jan. 6 that could still happen’ | Thursday Morning Coffee
Tony Norman: The tourists are coming, the tourists are coming…
Jeffery Gerritt: Engage the shooters, Mr. Mayor, for a safer Pittsburgh
Jon Kelly: I was a troubled teen in Pennsylvania whose future was redeemed. More youth need that chance.
Solomon Jones: How one Capitol police officer’s experience underscores the role of race on Jan. 6 
Will Bunch: I was a teen Watergate geek. I hear echoes of 1973 as the House Jan. 6 Committee bears down 
Dorothy Baiza: Carpetbaggers don’t really care about Pennsylvanians
Jenice Armstrong: Catholics who choose pets over babies aren’t selfish — no matter what Pope Francis says 
Helen Ubiñas: This Philadelphia mother’s son was the last person shot and killed in 2020. She has a message, and prayers, for the family of 2021′s last homicide victim 
Sandra R Mackie: Supporting a country that denies human rights is wrong
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy: Choose Democracy

4 Responses

  1. Russ Diamond is running for Lt. Governor?

    Did they lower the threshold IQ for the office recently?

    1. Gotta wonder what Dip Stick Darryl Metcalf is up to. Surely he’s not just going to go away.

  2. Ding Dong Doug and Rick Rack Russ should join together and run together as the Gov/Lt Gov team of the Insurrectionist Party. Of course, if elected, they could never be sworn in because they’ve already violated the Oath of Office for failing to protect and defend the Constitution.

  3. Making Congressman/Congresswomen Run statewide would amount to a failure of the legislature to do their job and draw proper districts. Use a commission headed by an impartial professional and draw districts that benefit no party or incumbent.

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